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Announcing the new novel from
Akwaeke Emezi

Faber has announced Akwaeke Emezi’s new novel and romance debut, You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty.

Amazon Studios has already bought screen rights to You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty in a seven-figure deal. Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society will develop the film and it is the Black Panther star’s first major film property acquisition. Emezi will be executive producer.

Faber will publish the novel as a superlead title on 2 June 2022. Atria will publish simultaneously in the US. Associate Publisher Louisa Joyner bought UK, Commonwealth & EU plus audio rights from Alba Ziegler-Bailey at the Wylie Agency.

It’s the opportunity of a lifetime: Feyi is about to be given the chance to escape the City’s blistering heat for a dream island holiday: poolside cocktails, beach sunsets and elaborate meals. And as the sun goes down on her old life, our heroine also might just be ready to open her heart to someone new . . .

The only problem is, she’s falling for the one man she absolutely can’t have.

‘‘I’m with TIME magazine – Akwaeke is a Next Generation Leader and they will blow your mind with the beauty and brilliance of this sizzling, glamorous love story, which I would basically like to live in.'

Louisa Joyner
Associate Publisher

Akwaeke Emezi (they/them) is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Death of Vivek Oji, which was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize; Pet, a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature; and Freshwater, which was named a New York Times Notable Book, longlisted for both the Wellcome Book Prize and the Women’s Prize for Fiction and shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, the Lambda Literary Award and the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Selected as a 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation, they are based in liminal spaces. They recently appeared on TIME’s Next Generation of Leaders in 2021.